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Naturopathic Medicine for Prevention and Treatment of Dementia

In 2019, more than 50 million people suffered from some sort of dementia. By the year 2050, it is estimated that number will triple to 150 million. These statistics are staggering (there are many cases that go undiagnosed in which these numbers are reflective) and possibly numbers you haven’t seen before. I hadn’t either until I began researching this field more intensely. This interest led me to further my knowledge with Apollo Health’s ReCODE 2.0 training, which focuses on the Bredesen protocol for prevention and treatment of cognitive decline. And this newfound knowledge? It’s made me realize that naturopathic medicine cannot only be therapeutic through one’s journey with dementia, but it also may prevent it. The traditional approach to diagnosing dementia is a check list of criteria (signs and symptoms) that needs to be met. Unfortunately, diagnosis usually occurs in a later stage and, while treatable with the Bredesen protocol, prevention is easier and always better. Alzheimer’s disease as well [...]

January 11th, 2022|Categories: Longevity, Mind and Body, Preventative|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Naturopathic Medicine for Prevention and Treatment of Dementia

Bringing Happy to the Holidays

Holidays are meant to unite a community, celebrate its purpose, and bring meaning to life. They can be filled with sacred beliefs and age-old traditions that are well-respected from generation to generation, making this time of year one of the most beloved seasons of all. But as of late, some may be finding the holidays lacking the significance they once held. Everything from dealing with a pandemic and/or grief to extreme consumerism to unreasonable obligations can leave anyone feeling unsure, empty, and exhausted…yearning for happy in the holidays. If you relate to these feelings, this year may be a wonderful opportunity to redefine what the season means to you and your family. Discover what matters most and then find ways to celebrate that are congruent with those ideals. Need inspiration? I’m sharing three virtues that can encourage authentic substance for special meaning at the holidays - for you, your family and community, and the world as a whole. Heed Health [...]

December 1st, 2021|Categories: Diet and food, Mental Health, Mind and Body, Preventative|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Bringing Happy to the Holidays

Body Literacy and Connecting with Your Health

HOW IN-TUNE ARE YOU WITH YOUR BODY? Do you fully understand its needs? Are you compassionate about its natural changes? Do you hold a valued sense of appreciation towards it? These days, it can be easy to go through life not wholly grasping what our body does, needs, and is trying to tell us - especially for women. Busy schedules, daily responsibilities, and even a lack of knowledge and/or interest can leave us naive to: - what is normal versus healthy - natural, biological evolutions of the body throughout a lifetime - appreciating its functionality and needs - signs for support and/or change Not only can we live day to day mentally detached from our body, but the efforts we go through to adapt to unusual symptoms in order to keep going can be exponential. And that’s not good. The body is constantly giving feedback. Regularity of energy, mood, digestion, sleep, and menstrual cycles are all signs of health and [...]

November 6th, 2021|Categories: Mental Health, Mind and Body, Preventative|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Body Literacy and Connecting with Your Health

Living Seasonally: Honoring the Transition to Fall

Living Seasonally: Honoring the Transition to Fall What is it about that warm pumpkin spice latte? Why does the process of leaves changing color seem so beautiful? How come a cozy blanket and a roaring fireplace is such a draw? The elements of fall (whether natural or societal), can be inspiring, comforting, and joyful - especially in Colorado. It’s almost as though our minds and bodies crave a hike amongst quaking aspens, a mug of hot apple cider, and a good reading nook. And this intuitive yearning for all things fall? It may actually be all about energy. If we consider how the earth changes throughout the year and use nature as our guide, we can see that each season has its own distinct energy:      Spring = Outward energy; warmer temperatures, blossoming of plants, animals coming out of hibernation   Summer = Outward energy; long hours of sunlight, production of crops, animals out and about   Fall = [...]

November 5th, 2021|Categories: Diet and food, Mind and Body, Preventative|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Living Seasonally: Honoring the Transition to Fall

4 Ways to Weather Wildfire Smoke

The hazy skies, the smell of smoke, and even the rain of ash - it’s becoming a summer phenomenon in the West that is more normal than not.   Wildfire season isn’t so much about if it will happen, but when and for how long.  With drier climates and higher temperatures not only are we witnessing devastating environmental disasters but we are also experiencing dangerous health effects in response.   Whether burning here in Colorado or all the way from California, our air can be filled with toxins, chemicals, particles, and smoke in the atmosphere we breathe and can lead to both short- and long-term issues. Common, short-term effects of wildfire smoke include, but are not limited to:   - sinus congestion   - cough   - irritated nasal passages   - headache   - burning eyes   - sinus infection   - asthma attacks     and long-term issues such as:   - lung inflammation   - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)   - heart [...]

September 1st, 2021|Categories: Preventative, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on 4 Ways to Weather Wildfire Smoke

Naturally Preparing Kids for Back to School

As summer begins to wind down and the look ahead to a new grade inches closer, nerves and excitement can fill any kid’s (and parent’s!) mind. Will they like their new teacher(s)? How easily will they adapt to a new schedule? Will their social circles be the same? So many wonders and worries! And that’s just on any given year. After the past 18 months of remote learning, social distancing, mask wearing, and quarantines, not only are there the typical frets, but now added concerns about sickness may be compounding it all. Does your child feel safe without a mask? What happens if your child comes home with a cough and fever? What should you keep doing and what is okay to let go of? This month, I tackle questions that many parents may be asking themselves as they get their kids ready to go back to school. Following are 8 things we have learned from the last year and [...]

August 3rd, 2021|Categories: Immune system, Mind and Body, Preventative|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Naturally Preparing Kids for Back to School

Why Allergies May Be Worse This Year and What To Do About It?

Why Allergies May Be Worse This Year and What To Do About It More “Achoos” than normal? Excessively itchy, watery eyes? Tickle in the throat waking you up at night? Yes, it’s allergy season in Colorado which means these symptoms are common any given year, however, 2021 may be bringing on more intense reactions than ever before. And one major reason why may surprise you.   Whether you’ve always had allergies and this year seems to be worse than usual or you typically don’t suffer from environmental sensitivities and now, out of nowhere, it’s hitting you, the cause may not all be due to typical pollen counts and weed blooms but rather… the pandemic. Why? Face masks, social distancing, and acute cleanliness lowered our exposure to natural and regular sickness such as colds and flus over the past 18 months. And wasn’t that a good thing, you may ask? Well, yes…and no. No one wants to deal with miserable symptoms [...]

July 1st, 2021|Categories: Immune system, Mind and Body, Preventative|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Why Allergies May Be Worse This Year and What To Do About It?

What is SIBO and Are You Suffering From It?

You’ve had a bit more acid reflux recently and antacids are your new best friend. Constipation is becoming worse but nothing that a bit more fiber can’t help, right? Your stomach is bloated and feels like its twice its size by the end of the day so you tell yourself it’s time to stop eating so much so quickly. Or, your stool is so loose lately that you just need to make sure there is a bathroom nearby. Just common digestive upset? It actually may be a bit more than that. It may be SIBO. Never heard of SIBO? That’s okay - it can be a lesser known term when it comes to gut health, but nonetheless, it’s one that’s vitally important to know about. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (also known as SIBO), occurs when bacteria from another part of the digestive system (primarily the large intestine) migrates its way into the small intestine - where it’s not supposed to [...]

May 31st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on What is SIBO and Are You Suffering From It?

A Daily Guide for Brain Health

If you listed out everything you “had” to do each day, what would your responsibilities consist of? Feeding the kids and getting them off to school? Going to work and being productive? Walking the dog and hopefully getting in an evening run? And what about all those household chores? The question I pose to you is this…what is on your list that takes care of your brain? Considering the rise in neurological disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, it may be one - if the not the most - important organ we should nurture everyday. More and more research is connecting brain health with the entire wellbeing of the body and its systems, which means that how we take care of our brains can affect how healthy we are overall. But with busy schedules and oodles of responsibilities, we can easily lose sight of how to purposefully live each day with this in mind. Let’s be honest…it’s easy to [...]

May 7th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Daily Guide for Brain Health
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